Auckland rate-payers funding controversial Scientology Church tours - 2018-09-14
The Church of Scientology is opening its doors as part of a heritage festival, but an ex-member fears there's an agenda behind the gesture.
The Church is one of many buildings involved in the Auckland Council heritage festival from the end of this month.
Ex-scientologist Glenda Smith used to do a PR for the Church and says it's part of a plan to counter the perception of secretive practices and allegations of international human rights abuses, which the church denies.
"Opening their doors to the public like this for the heritage festival is an agenda to gain public acceptability," Ms Smith says.